Published on April 1, 2021 by Jason Reisman

Metal vs. Slate vs. Shingle Roofs 

Though shingles are the most common roof material you see on Florida homes, it isn’t the only one. There are quite a few roofing materials out there, each with its advantages and disadvantages. This blog will be discussing the pros and cons of the three most common roofs in Florida: metal roofs, architectural shingle roofs, and slate roofs.

Metal Roof


Metal roofs are extremely durable, with some, like DECRA’s Villa Tile metal roofs, offering a lifespan of up to 70 years and a variety of aesthetic options to fit different home styles. While all other traditional roofs last an average of 12 to 20 years, a metal roof, with proper maintenance, can last a whopping 70 years. A big part of its long-term durability is metal’s ability to withstand inclement weather. In a State bombarded by hurricanes yearly, the weather strong properties of a metal roof make it a worthwhile investment.


Metal roofs have a high cost, costing up to $900 per 100 square feet. The extremely long life of a metal roof makes this cost worthwhile for those who can stomach it, but it is an investment. Metal roofs are also very industrial looking, and though it can fit some aesthetics, it isn’t the most appealing looking roof.

Architectural Shingle Roofs


Architectural shingle roofs are the most common roofing material used. The key to architectural shingles’ popularity is their balance of affordability and reliability. Asphalt shingles are inexpensive and reliable. When it comes to maintenance, asphalt shingles are easily replaceable.


Architectural shingle roofs have the shortest lifespans of the roof materials on this list—though the lifespan is also dependent on the type of shingle. 3-tab shingles last an average of 12 years, while architectural shingles can reach 20 years.

Slate Roof


Slate roofs are very pleasant, resembling a more elegant shingle roof. Made of a metamorphic stone, Slate roofs come in a large variety of sizes and colors. They also last as long as a metal roof, with the best lasting up to 100 years! Since they are stone slates, they are extremely durable to weather and require far less maintenance.


Slate roofs are the most expensive roofing material on this list, clocking in at up to $20 per square foot. Slate roofs are also very heavy, which makes weight consideration a factor in installation.

Every roofing material has its pros and cons. You must consider your budget, your visual preference, and long-term concerns. It’s best to discuss and decide with an expert roofing company such as Eustis Roofing!


Now that you know some of the reasons why roof maintenance is important, you should give a call to the go-to Reddick, FL roofer, Eustis Roofing. We are proud experts who provide quality work and use the best materials. Whether damages from storms or the ravages of time, we can help you with any of your roofing needs.

Some of our services include:

  • Specialty Roofs
  • Roof maintenance and repairs
  • Metal Roofs
  • Flat Roofs
  • Manufactured Home Roofs
  • And more


If you’re looking for a reliable, experienced roofing company that puts clients’ needs above all, give us a call at (352) 343-4240 or fill out our form to receive a free quote!

Jason Reisman

About The Author: Jason Reisman

Jason Reisman, ERC’s General Manager is a problem solver! Jason is hands-on with finding solutions to difficult problems as well as constantly researching, exploring new concepts, discovering new inventive ways and is passionate about being the most experienced, most knowledgeable and most dependable in the roofing trade. He’s hands-on with training and instruction ensuring every job have the up to date and state of the art equipment to perform with precision to be in and out without delays. Jason loves competing with his Dad on the golf course!